Researchers have started mining the 15 million books that Google is in the process of digitizing, using a sophisticated new research tool: culturomics. They have analyzed a sample of 5,195,769 books (to be exact) and found some interesting trends:
*Women are now more popular than men.
* Sigmund Freud is more famous than Einstein, Galileo and Darwin put together.
* During the last 3 quarters of the 19th century, mentions of God fell to a third of their former level; God has been holding steady ever since.
More facts can be found in the online article – “God’s Popularity Dipped but Now Holding Steady” – by Robert M. Thorson, a professor of geology at the University of Connecticut’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
“Where is all the knowledge we lost with information?” –T.S. Eliot